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Tom McAlpin, President and CEO, The World Appointed Chairman of Make-A-Wish Foundation® National Board


October 31, 2011


Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX - (October 31, 2011) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America recently elected Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of The World, Residences at Sea, as chairman of its national board of directors.

McAlpin is a veteran in the cruise line industry with more than 24 years of domestic and international experience in ship management and operations. As president and CEO of The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth, McAlpin is responsible for leading the organization and managing the strategic direction of the ship including key assets and relevant functions such as customer service, guest satisfaction, sales and training to ensure best-in-class service delivery.

Prior to joining The World, McAlpin spent 14 years at Disney Cruise Line® , most recently as president. He was responsible for the successful launch of Disney’s entry into the cruise industry and led the expansion efforts to add two new ships to the fleet. Before Disney, McAlpin was the director of corporate planning and analysis for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line/Admiral Cruises for eight years. He began his career with KPMG and also served as the chief financial officer of CSB Leasing Company.

“Tom has seen firsthand how wishes make lives better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “He has been a strong and committed national board member since 2006 and we are excited about the leadership he brings as our new national board chair.”

McAlpin is a member of the board of governors for Florida State University’s College of Business. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality and as a member of their advisory board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Florida State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He and his wife live in Parkland, Florida and have two daughters.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish somewhere in the world every 23 minutes. It has granted more than 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America at and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .

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